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BINS filled with maggots and overflowing, pu-
trid rubbish has led to outrage among tourists
and ratepayers, who have condemned the Bass
Coast Shire’s fortnightly summer pickup of land-
With the island’s population experiencing the an-
nual summer influx, red landfill bins were placed
out on streets for collection around the island last
week, in the mistaken belief they were due for
When householders realised there was no
weekly red bin collection over summer – and they
would have to wait another week for collection -
they took to social media to slam the shire’s three-
bin system, which came into effect last September.
The outrage led to a last minute capitulation by
the shire, who went into damage control last week
(see separate story).
Online posts warned the bins were a health
hazard, adding the shire was failing in its duty of
care, while the stench and rubbish painted a poor
picture for visitors, with several saying the island
should be renamed “trash island”.
The outrage caught the shire off-guard, with
many ratepayers reporting mixed and incorrect
messages from shire offices, including that red
bins were to be emptied weekly.
On the Stand Alone Facebook page, Brian As-
bury summed up the sentiment.
“The shire must consider the risks to the health
and welfare of the residents. Weekly collection is
an absolute necessity at this time of year,” Brian
“The shire - including our silent councillors - in-
volved in implementing this holiday collection sys-
tem should hang their head in shame.
“The shire needs a medal for aggravating its resi-
dents on such an important issue”.
Brian said his whole extended family was staying
for three weeks, including a baby with full nappies.
“Our red and yellow bins were taken to the
Cowes Recycle Depot before Christmas and we
were charged $6.50 to dispose the red bin con-
tents. What a joke,” Brian said.
“How can a small 120 litre bin cope with 10 peo-
ple over the holiday period? I was left to clean the
maggots from the bin, never in my life have I had
to do that.”
Paul Zennaro wrote he had similar concerns.
“Today I had to empty my own bin, full of nap-
pies, and it had maggots,” Paul wrote, adding that
he was happy to share the video of maggots crawl-
ing on his children’s nappies.
“Then I drove it to the depot. I told one council-
lor, I am now doing something I have already paid
the council to do for me.”
Carers who need to dispose of adult nappies
said that they were dealing with an even worse
The island’s outrage was a week behind that on
Zone 2, which includes San Remo, had red bins
emptied between December 18-22 and then again
last week, January 1-5.
Zone 1, which covers all of Phillip Island, had
red bins emptied the week of Christmas and then
again this week between January 8 and 12.
Recycling bins are emptied weekly between De-
cember 26 and January 26.
Many residents were concerned the bin system
portrayed the island poorly to visitors.
Cowes real estate agent and long-term local
John Matthews said the bins were a “disgusting
image for one of Victoria’s top tourist attractions”.
“The three-bin system was never thought
through and won’t work with an influx of 60,000
people daily on the island and up to 20 people in
houses,” said John, whose business also deals in
“Just drive around the streets and have a look:
already three bins are out with many sitting there
for up to two weeks.”
His wife Sally Ann added they had worked hard
to help their guests, “but how can anyone share a
small bin for a fortnight?”
“Obviously private contractors need to be em-
ployed to come to the rescue.”
Trish Cerini said Cowes beach was littered with
plastic bags, some full of food rubbish, bottles,
plastic and broken glass.
“When are the Bass Coast going to appreciate
and respect our island for what it is, a beautiful
island that generates huge tourist dollars, huge
rates and not enough attention given, bin system
ter ourselves,” said Trish, referring to the long-
standing campaign for Phillip Island to separate
from the Bass Coast Shire.
Fiona Graham predicted tourists would “end
up calling it trash island”, to which Lynette Ar-
nold agreed: “Trash Island is not what we need
to be known as”.
Fran Carroll said it was a bad image for a tour-
ism region to have bins in San Remo “noticeably
ponging from at least a metre away”.
“It tells our visitors that we are dirty and, as
they are often near food outlets, unhygienic,” Fran
“When tourism and temperatures rise, we must
Barbara Wilkinson agreed, saying the bin system
was “not a suitable system for holiday makers”.
“General rubbish should be collected weekly.
It’s ridiculous to expect holiday makers to know
what day each bin goes out,” Barbara said.
“Our street is full of three bins outside each
house in the hope at least one will be emptied.”
Prue Jolly said bins in parks and along beaches
were overflowing and rubbish was spilling on to
beaches and gutters.
“I have seen so many permanent residents try-
ing their hardest to clear rubbish from streets
beaches and parks but how are we meant to help
when the bins remain overflowing. Shame on
Online posts were also scathing of the shire.
Long-term local Alison Fitzgerald told the shire
“the island stinks”.
“We pay our rubbish collections. You are not
providing rubbish collections correctly in our
peak times. Wake up Bass Coast Shire This is a
holiday destination and it’s your duty to collect
rubbish especially in peak times.”
Chris Walton asked whether a health code or
law was being broken by the shire by not collect-
ing general rubbish weekly: “It’s actually extreme-
ly unhygienic,” he said.
Anne-Marie Rogers said Bass Coast house-
holds were among the highest rated in Victoria
for “a consistently sub-standard shire council”.
“What strange Twilight Zone do these people
work in? Step out of your office to research and
plan rather than create council systems using
computer programs,” she said.
Alan Ashmore was equally as scathing about
“The Dumb and Dumber Award goes to our
Bass Coast Shire,” he said.
“With grand kids here our red bin is almost full
of nappies and we still have over a week to go
before it is emptied. This has the potential to be-
come a major health hazard.”
Sue Kane rang the shire and was told tourists
didn’t understand the new bin system.
“I was told many people have rung to advise the
same issue, and waste management would look
at it. Here’s hoping,” Sue wrote.
“Have seen the garbage ibis going for broke on
the landfill bins and strewing the rubbish every-
Camille Mills rang the shire and was told waste
management “were in a “meeting” and would get
back to me”.
“24 hours later still no reply. People in our
street are putting out red bins even though we
aren’t due for collection until next week. That will
be pleasant after the 40 degree day due over the
next few days.
“I wish someone at council would just make a
decision and address the problem.”
Residents who were unable to access new bin
liners from the Cowes Service Centre last week
can now do so.
There was a large quantity delivered to Cowes
Ratepayers see red
over rubbish bins This photo of an overflowing bin was taken
at Lions Park, San Remo.
A queue of red bins lined one Cowes street last week, only for them to be left unemptied
because the shire had failed to listen to community warnings that there needed to be weekly
landfill pickup over the summer holidays. The scene was repeated in streets across the is-
land and San Remo.
A HOUSE in Shamrock Avenue was badly
damaged by a fire last week, in spite of the best
efforts of the CFA brigade to save it.
Lino Drazzi, First Lietenant Phillip Island
CFA and in charge at the scene, said the house
was well alight when the brigade arrived.
Two trucks from Phillip Island, plus trucks
from San Remo and Wonthaggi attended.
The fire broke out at about 2.30 in the morn-
The sole occupant of the house raised the
alarm, and while extremely shaken, escaped
Ambulance officers at the scene took care of
It was not known how the fire started, but an
electrical fault is suspected.
Firefighters report a relatively quiet New Year
While there were plenty of illegal fireworks
going off, the weather was in our favour and no
serious outbreaks occurred, Lino said.
The brigade did attend a fire lit at the Red
Revellers doused the flames when asked to
do so by the CFA.
House fire in Cowes
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